Since June 2004, the Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) has been ADB’s focal point for programming, processing, and administering assistance in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.
Being closer to its South Pacific clients, SPSO and coordination offices in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, and Tonga acts directly with stakeholders to ensure ADB’s strategies, programs, and projects remain relevant, responsive, and results focused on results.
SPSO manages country reporting, coordinates aid, oversees external relations, and disseminates information. This allows ADB to better respond to evolving development needs and strengthens ADB’s relationship with governments, development partners, the private sector, and nongovernment organizations. Coordinating with development partners also helps ADB's South Pacific clients achieve their development results, avoids duplication, and allows timely and cost-effective implementation.
National priority areas supported by SPSO include infrastructure (roads, ports, water, sanitation, and drainage), urban development, public financial management, private sector development, economic policy advice, and climate change. These are highlighted in the respective country strategies: